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Archive for March, 2009

So radical, so real and so costly

John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life:

Of course, we do not use the word cool to describe greatness. It is a small word. That’s the point. It’s cheap. And it’s what millions of young people live for. Who confronts them with urgency and tears? Who pleads with them not to waste their lives? Who takes them by the collar, so to speak, and loves them enough to show them a life so radical and so real and so costly and Christ-saturated that they feel the emptiness and triviality of their CD collection and their pointless conversations about passing celebrities? Who will waken what lies in their souls, untapped — a longing not to waste their lives?

One could easily cross out young from the phrase young people because I think what Piper describes applies across the board to millions and millions of everyday people. Just replace CD collection with gadgets or clothes and substitute politicians for celebrities.

It’s never occurred to them to live any other way. That’s why it’s so important to push back against triviality with the fullness of the Gospel. Not so that we can be “good” Christians and stake our identity to a moral code, but so that we might live for the only thing that truly matters — the glory of Christ Jesus.

Posted on March 26th, 2009 | Jesus, John Piper, The Gospel

Not a circus or a show

Michael Spencer:

I was reminded again how many of us are homeless in evangelicalism. It’s sad. I know we can be a difficult and hard to please bunch, but most of us want a church more than anything else. Not a circus or a show, but a church. Is that so hard?

Posted on March 13th, 2009 | Jesus